Maine Medical Center
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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are typical duty hours?

A: Duty hours are closely monitored for ACGME compliance. While the actual number of hours worked by residents may vary, residents average 60 hours per week. Residents have sufficient off-duty time to avoid undue fatigue and stress. The program monitors on-duty schedules to ensure that these assignments do not interfere with education, performance, or clinical care

Q: What is the call schedule?

A: The resident call scheduled is managed by our Chief Residents with oversight by the Residency Program Leadership. There are two call residents in-house every night, in addition to two attending faculty and staggered CRNA coverage. Weekday call starts at 4:45pm and concludes at 7:00am. Residents are free of any clinical or work obligations prior to starting call and have the post-call day off. Weekend call is done as a 24-hour shift, starting at 7:00am. Call is shared equally among all residents. There is no beeper call or late call.

Q: How do our benefits & vacations compare?

A: Our residents' salaries have consistently been above the 75th percentile. On top of this is a benefit package including medical, dental and disability care, malpractice insurance and life insurance. Vacation time is 20 working days per year. The department also provides educational funds for our residents so they can attend meetings and/or buy textbooks or journals. This amounts to $600 for each first year, $1100 for each for the second year, third and fourth year. We also have a very good child care referral service.

Q: Do we have fellowship?

A: Yes. We have an adult cardiothoracic anesthesia fellowship with two fellows per year. We do approximately 1500 cardiac cases per year and residents are paired with 1:1 fellowship trained cardiac staff.

Q: Do you have a night float system?

A: No we do not have night float system.

Q: Can you go on away rotations or international electives?

A: CA2 and CA3 residents can do away rotations after discussing with the program director. Our residents have done rotations in many under-developed countries in Africa. Residents also have the opportunity to do a rural rotation Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington, ME which is part of our health care system.

Q: How many vacation or sick days we have each year?

A: We have 20 working days of vacation each year. Also we allow 5 working days to attend conferences.

Q: Critical Care Rotation what is the structure?


  • Clinical Base Year: 2 months Medical ICU
  • CA1: 1 month Surgical ICU
  • CA2: 1 month CTICU
  • CA3: 1 month senior Surgical ICU

Q: Is there Ambulatory Surgery Center experience?

A: MMC has a 10 OR free standing ambulatory surgery center. The campus is 10 minutes from our main campus.

Q: Is there an On call meal allowance?

A: Residents are provided with a meal allowance that is determined by the number of service months each year. There is also a discount for MMC employees at our Impressions Café.